In 1964, CBS experimented with a half-and-half format for their announcers. The first half would be called by the home teams' commentators while the second half would be done by the visitors' commentators.
In Week 10, Jack Buck and Don Criqui traded broadcast partners; Buck started the season teamed with Alex Hawkins, while Criqui started the season with Irv Cross (who was in his first season at CBS, and would stay for 21 years both in the booth and on The NFL Today).
This would be Ray Scott's final season with CBS, as well as Pat Summerall's last full season as a color commentator. Bart Starr would join Scott and Summerall for Super Bowl VIII.
In Week 11, Ray Scott and Pat Summerall would work Washington-Detroit on Thanksgiving Day, then on the following Sunday, Scott called Chicago-Minnesota with Tom Brookshier, and Summerall joined Jack Whitaker for Atlanta-NY Jets.
Jack Whitaker would also leave the play-by-play booth after this season. Whitaker would later move to the NFL Today; where he provided featured commentaries until his exit for ABC Sports in 1982.
Bob Costas was hired just before the season to replace Al Michaels, who had joined ABC. Costas' first assignment was San Francisco-Green Bay in Week 1, with Tommy McDonald.
In Week 12, Pat Summerall and Tom Brookshier called the Thanksgiving Day game between St. Louis and Dallas, while on Sunday Gary Bender joined Brookshier to call Seattle-NY Giants. Lindsey Nelson would join Bender's regular partner Johnny Unitas to call Chicago-Green Bay.
Pat Summerall and John Madden were paired together for the first time on the telecast of the Minnesota-Tampa Bay game on November 25. Madden substituted for Brookshier, who was unavailable to work the telecast. Madden would also join Summerall and Brookshier for the Atlanta-Oakland game in week 7.
In 1981, CBS in the first half of the season did not have set teams. After Thanksgiving, Gary Bender and Frank Glieber moved over to college basketball, which was CBS' first season of broadcasting that particular sport.
Going into the 1981 NFL season, CBS Sports executives decided that John Madden was going to replace Tom Brookshier as their star NFL color commentator. But they had trouble figuring out who was going to be his play-by-play partner. So in September (for the first four games of the season), they paired Vin Scully with Madden while Pat Summerall was busy covering the U.S. Open tennis tournament for CBS. For the next four games of the season in October, they paired Summerall with Madden while Scully called Major League Baseball's National League Championship Series and World Series for the Dodgers Radio Network and CBS Radio respectively. After the eighth week of the NFL season, CBS Sports executives decided that the laconic, baritone-voiced Summerall's style was more in tune with the lively, verbose Madden than the elegant, poetic Scully. As a consolation prize, CBS Sports gave Scully the "B" team assignment and the right to call the NFC Championship Game on CBS Television with Hank Stram. Meanwhile, Pat Summerall called that game on CBS Radio with Jack Buck while John Madden prepared to do the Super Bowl with Summerall in Pontiac, Michigan. Vin Scully reportedly wasn't happy about the demotion, the perception being that his intelligence had been insulted. As a result, Scully bolted to NBC (where he started a memorable seven year run as their lead Major League Baseball announcer) as soon as his contract with CBS was up.
Jack Buck teamed with John Madden to call the Week 2 game between the Giants and Falcons.
Tom Brookshier was suspended for the final week of the 1983 season after commenting during a promo for a NCAA basketball game between the Louisville Cardinals and North Carolina State Wolfpack that the Louisville starting five (which happened to be all black) "had a collective IQ of about 40". Brookshier eventually apologized and was reinstated for the 1984 NFL season.
In May 1985, while jogging at the Ken Cooper Aerobics Center in Dallas, play-by-play announcer Frank Glieber died of a heart attack. Tom Brookshier moved from his position with Wayne Walker to Glieber's position alongside Dick Vermeil.
Starting during this season and continuing until CBS lost NFC coverage in 1993, Verne Lundquist would occasionally fill in for Pat Summerall while Summerall was assigned to calling the U.S. Open tournament.
This would be Terry Bradshaw's last year as a game commentator for CBS. The following season, he would be promoted to a co-hosting role alongside Greg Gumbel on The NFL Today. Gumbel and Bradshaw replaced Brent Musburger and Irv Cross respectively.
Jim Nantz/Tim Brant (following this season, Brant would join ABC as a college football analyst)
During the 1990 season, Pat Summerall was hospitalized with a bleeding ulcer after vomiting on a plane during a flight after a Bears-Redskins game, and was out for a considerable amount of time. While Dick Stockton and Verne Lundquist replaced Summerall on games with John Madden, Jack Buck (who was at CBS during the time as the network's lead Major League Baseball announcer) was added as a regular NFL broadcaster to fill-in. Jim Henderson called the Minnesota/Tampa Bay game with Dan Fouts.
After being dropped from The NFL Today, Irv Cross returned to the broadcast booth for the 1990 season.
This was CBS' last year as the National Football Conference television provider. The following year, Pat Summerall, John Madden, James Brown, Dick Stockton, Matt Millen, and Terry Bradshaw of The NFL Today would move over to Fox. CBS would resume their NFL coverage with the AFC package in 1998.
From 1999 to 2004, the duo of Don Criqui and Steve Tasker were almost always assigned to games featuring the Buffalo Bills. Both Criqui (a Buffalo native) and Tasker (a former Bill) have connections to western New York, and the Criqui-Tasker pairing is one of the last examples of an NFL team having its own network TV announcing crew.
Todd Blackledge, CBS' top college football analyst, filled in for Sam Wyche on the Seattle-Miami Week 1 telecast as Wyche was recovering from vocal cord surgery. Wyche did return to call the Miami-Minnesota broadcast in Week 2, but his voice had gotten worse and Beasley Reece (originally the sideline reporter for this game) was brought in 10 minutes into the telecast to assist in the booth. Wyche would not work another game until Week 1 of the 2001 season before leaving CBS after Week
Also in Week 2, Blackledge worked Oakland-Indianapolis as he subbed for Phil Simms, who had an emergency appendectomy.
Dick Enberg would make his official NFL on CBS debut in Week 3 (Buffalo-NY Jets), due to his work hosting the US Open. Verne Lundquist joined Dan Dierdorf in Weeks 1 and 2. Various announcers would fill in for Enberg during the opening weekend of the NFL season until Enberg's departure after the 2009 season.
In Week 1, Tennessee-Miami was moved a day earlier due to the threat of Hurricane Ivan. As per Dick Enberg's US Open duties, he was filled in on play-by-play by Dan Dierdorf, while Todd Blackledge provided color commentary. Two weeks later, Miami's game against Pittsburgh was pushed to 8:30 pm because of Hurricane Jeanne. The game aired on the CBS and UPN affiliates in both Pittsburgh and Miami.
During Week 7 of this season, a power failure at Buffalo's Ralph Wilson Stadium caused problems leading to the regular broadcast team of Gumbel and Dierdorf being unable to call portions of the game (vs. San Diego). Video was still available, and so James Brown called portions of the game from the studio, with the rest of the NFL Today team providing color commentary.
During Week 13, Jim Nantz and Phil Simms called two games for CBS. They announced the Thanksgiving game on Thursday, as they do each year, and the competitive game between Denver and Kansas City on Sunday.
During Week 14, Don Criqui, who had retired from NFL play-by-play after the 2012 season, temporarily came out of retirement and filled in for Bill Macatee, who had trouble traveling due to a winter storm in Texas; he called the Cleveland-New England game with former partner Steve Tasker. Criqui's one game in 2013 marked the 47th season Criqui had called an NFL game, the longest active streak among announcers not just in the NFL, but in all sports on network television.
During Week 15, Andrew Catalon filled in for Marv Albert.
Following the AFC Division round, Dan Dierdorf retired after 29 years calling NFL games for CBS and ABC. Dierdorf will be calling Michigan football games on radio beginning this season.
Allie LaForce joined Greg Gumbel and Dan Dierdorf as the sideline reporter for the Indianapolis-New England divisional round.
In May 2014, Marv Albert announced he is stepping down from calling NFL games.
Beginning in 2014, Jim Nantz and Phil Simms will call Thursday Night Football games on CBS and NFL Network. Tracy Wolfson will be the sideline reporter.
Ian Eagle and Dan Fouts have been promoted to the #2 broadcast team for 2014. They will also serve as primary team when Nantz and Simms are not scheduled for Sunday games.
Greg Gumbel moves into Eagle's place as the #3 play-by-play, with analyst Trent Green joining CBS television after previously working with Eagle on Westwood One's NFL radiocasts.
With the retirement of Marv Albert, Kevin Harlan joins Rich Gannon as the #4 for the first time since 2008 while Spero Dedes joins the broadcast team permanently as Harlan's replacement alongisde Solomon Wilcots.
Tom McCarthy joins CBS from Westwood One, where he called NFL games on the radio, while Brian Anderson joins due to his association with CBS for March Madness.